The Penn State women’s gymnastics team announced the addition of two new assistant coaches on Friday — Dallas Becerra, who coached at Eastern Michigan last season, and Robert Drass, a Penn State alum who coached Missouri for 14 years.
The hires were made by Sarah Brown, who was tabbed last month as the Nittany Lions’ new head coach.
“The relationships I’ve built with these two men (over) the last few years will allow us to hit the ground running when they’re on campus,” Brown said in a written statement. “I’ve had great experiences with each of them, and I look forward to them being in Happy Valley.”
Becerra worked under Brown at EMU, where he also served as recruiting coordinator. Drass, an Altoona native, graduated from Penn State in 1990 and was the head coach at Missouri from 1999 to 2013. He most recently served as the assistant head coach at Pitt.
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Gorrell helps Big Ten team to win
MARIBOR, Slovenia Penn State’s Tori Gorrell helped the Big Ten team beat the Croatian Senior National Team in four sets Friday during the team’s annual tour of Europe.
Gorrell had eight kills and just one error on 15 swings to hit .467. She added a team-high five kills in the 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20 victory.
The Big Ten team heads to Italy to continue its tour Saturday.
Abello called up to U.S. U-18 WNT
CHICAGO Incoming Penn State freshman Kerry Abello was one of 20 players called up to compete for the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team in Canberra, Australia, for a training camp and three matches from June 28 to July 13.
This is Abello’s fourth outing of the year with the women’s national team. She last attended a training camp with the U-19 team earlier this month.